Topic: Volunteer Management

Raiders of the Lost Archives, or How I Made Volunteer Data Entry Fun

August 20, 2014
The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) supports Portland’s arts and writing community and curates North America’s largest zine library, a circulating archive of self-published and otherwise underground and rare publications. Our collection is well-known, diverse, and spans seven decades and over 60 languages. As glorious as the zine library is, we have developed an enviable problem of scale.

Engage, Inform, Recruit: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media to Recruit Donors and Volunteers

December 5, 2013
Engagement Marketing, when done well, can become the single best source of new members, volunteers, or donors for any nonprofit organization. By delivering great experiences and content to your key constituents, you can use that engagement to drive social visibility. Great content and experiences make people feel connected to an organization, and when these connections happen on places like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, one-to-one conversations turn into socially visible endorsements for an association or nonprofit.

Tech Across Your Org: Risks and Rewards of Combining Volunteers and Social Media

March 15, 2013
No matter the size or tech-savvy of your nonprofit, there’s something out there that will undoubtedly be a game-changer for your organization’s social media efforts. It’s not a fancy new tool or a fun new hashtag sweeping the meme-sphere. The best kept secret of the social media world is: A volunteer. This is not to say that volunteers are a magic cure-all for your social media woes. Engaging volunteers to help with social media at your nonprofit comes with its own set of very real risks – but the rewards make it more than worth it. You just have to know how to minimize and prepare for these risks so you can maximize the rewards. Here are some examples:

Social Media & the 3 Rs: Content Strategy Basics for Engaging Volunteers

February 15, 2013
From designing volunteer opportunities, to recruiting new volunteers, to creating risk management policies, to screening volunteers, to recognizing great supporters…there are a lot of elements to successfully engaging volunteers with your organization. And not all of them easily translate to the social media realm. The big question is, why should you engage volunteers via social media? And another thing: How can you harness your content to work for you while doing so? Here’s my rationale for bringing together your social media and volunteer engagement strategies, and a few simple ideas for making it all work:

Engage, Inform, Recruit: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media to Recruit Donors and Volunteers

January 4, 2013
Engagement Marketing, when done well, can become the single best source of new members, volunteers, or donors for any nonprofit organization. By delivering great experiences and content to your key constituents, you can use that engagement to drive social visibility. Great content and experiences make people feel connected to an organization, and when these connections happen on places like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, one-to-one conversations turn into socially visible endorsements for an association or nonprofit.

How-to: Leverage Volunteer Data

September 7, 2012
When it comes to obtaining, storing, and using data, volunteer situations are just like any other: the more data you collect, the better off your program will be. Having accurate and meaningful data will give insight into your volunteer base and help you pinpoint demographics to target when launching a new volunteer recruitment campaign. Of course, once you know what makes your volunteers "tick", you'll also be able to serve them better, and, in turn, they will be able to better serve your organization and its mission. Happy volunteers are also important to your organization's public relations -- volunteers who speak highly of their experience are sure to bring in other volunteers and possibly even donors.